Assistant Professor of Natural Resource Policy – Colorado State University

Position: The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship (FRS) in the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University seeks applicants for a 9-month, full-time non-tenure track Assistant Professor to contribute to teaching in our accredited Forestry and Rangeland Ecology programs, and to our graduate degree programs. We seek a dynamic and innovative educator with expertise in natural resource law and policy who is committed to delivering quality education to undergraduate and graduate students in the natural resources.
Major Duties and Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach a variety of classes on public lands and natural resource law and policy, history, planning, and environmental impact assessment, at the undergraduate and graduate levels, including courses that are part of our on-campus and online Masters of Natural Resources Stewardship graduate program. Preferred candidates will have evidence of outstanding teaching skills in diverse formats, including online instruction. The incumbent will teach 2-3 courses per semester with additional opportunities for scholarship, outreach to stakeholders, and participation in other departmental activities such as advising student clubs. There will also be opportunities in summer to teach with additional compensation or to pursue research funding.
Required Qualifications: Completed PhD in forestry or related natural resource field, with expertise in natural resource policy, environmental policy, or environmental planning, or a related field of social science at the start date of the position.
Highly Desirable Criteria: Demonstrated excellence in teaching natural resource policy at the college level; evidence of producing effective and innovative educational materials; evidence of research on natural resource policy topics; excellent communication skills; experience mentoring undergraduate or graduate students; and a demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion in academic and natural resource professional settings.
Application: To apply, submit application material (cover letter, CV, list of three references, and a statement of teaching interests and philosophy) to by October 12, 2020, for full consideration. Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. Applicants should direct questions to Dr. Courtney Schultz, search chair (
Setting: The Department of Forest and Rangeland Stewardship at Colorado State University is an interdisciplinary academic program uniquely poised to advance education, research, and outreach in forest and rangeland stewardship and restoration ecology in the Central Rockies and High Plains. The Warner College of Natural Resources is home to five academic departments and several centers and institutes including the Colorado Forest Restoration Institute, the Public Lands Policy Group, the WESTFIRE Research Center, the Colorado State Forest Service, the Center for Collaborative Conservation, the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands, and the Colorado Natural Heritage Program. These programs, institutes and centers provide a foundation for research, education and outreach in the natural resources. Linkages across departments and colleges, and with federal and state land managers and research centers, form a broader interdisciplinary foundation for increased impact. We expect the incumbent to foster opportunities for our students to become future leaders in the stewardship of natural resources.
The city of Fort Collins is situated along the beautiful Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. In addition to the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the University, the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company. Rocky Mountain National Park, Arapaho-Roosevelt National Forest, and Pawnee National Grassland are within 30 miles of Fort Collins. Fort Collins is consistently identified as one of the best cities in the US to live in by various national media.

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